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8:20 AM ET, January 17, 2022

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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries says the BBC's license fee will be abolished in 2027 and the broadcaster's funding will be frozen for the next two years  —  Government announcement will force broadcaster to close services and make further redundancies  —  The BBC licence fee will be abolished …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
DirecTV plans to drop One America News Network after its current agreement expires, which a source says is in early April; DirecTV is OANN's largest distributor  —  DirecTV, one of the largest U.S. pay-TV providers, plans to drop One America News Network, dealing a major blow …
Wall Street Journal:
State AGs' lawsuit alleges Google misled publishers and advertisers for years about ad pricing by deflating sales for some while increasing prices for buyers  —  Details show Google employees fretting its ad tech auctions were ‘untruthful’ and based in ‘insider information’
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Leah Nylen / Politico:
In court docs, state AGs allege that Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai personally approved a secret 2018 deal giving Facebook advantages in Google's ad auctions
Marie Le Conte / VICE:
A look at Politics For All, a UK news Twitter account started by a teenager in August 2019 and that amassed nearly half a million followers before it was banned  —  Teen admins, shady ads and an origin story that begins with Alex from Glasto - how exactly did PFA get so big, only to disappear so dramatically?
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Netflix raises its monthly subscription prices by $1 to $2 in the US and Canada; the standard US plan has increased from $13.99 to $15.49 per month  —  Netflix Inc has raised its monthly subscription price by $1 to $2 per month in the United States depending on the plan, the company said on Friday …
Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
A guessing game arises over who will land the NYT's Media Equation column, as anonymous insiders float names including Wesley Lowery and Katie Rosman  —  Ben Smith's abrupt exit has sparked a newsroom guessing game for his successor—Katie Rosman?  Wesley Lowery?—though, as one insider put it …
HuffPost:
Use of “officer-involved” and “police-involved” phrases fell in US newspaper stories after George Floyd's murder in May 2020 but started rising again in 2021  —  Following the murder of George Floyd, The Associated Press issued guidance that reporters should not describe instances …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Amazon, Condé Nast, DraftKings, and TPG were interested in The Athletic, and the NYT bumped its initial offer by 10% to secure the deal  —  - The Athletic's $550 million sale to The New York Times is seen as a major success by some close to the company but disappointing to others.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Patrick Soon-Shiong outlines the future of the LA Times, aiming to print while “economically possible” and to reach 1M digital subscribers by the end of 2022  —  Next month marks four years since Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong agreed a $500m deal to buy his local newspaper, the Los Angeles Times.
Bloomberg:
How Netflix succeeded in South Korea, including by developing ideas considered too risky for broadcasters and licensing local content overseas  —  It took “Squid Game” just four weeks this past fall to become the most-watched Netflix Inc. show ever released in any language.
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Seven The A.V. Club staffers in Chicago face a deadline in deciding on a move to LA; WGA, East reps say G/O Media made the offer as a ploy to replace them  —  Katie Rife, a senior writer for entertainment site the A.V. Club, was working past midnight on a review last week when her friend sent her a text.
 
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Haroon Siddique / The Guardian:
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[Thread] Adweek EIC Stephanie Paterik announces she is leaving the publication after seven years
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
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Anita Zielina / Nieman Lab:
US journalism outlets are often deeply and blindly US-centric; a truly global outlet would be run from international hubs and have a clear target market
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The Sun's coverage of the Downing Street party scandal prompts scrutiny after revelations that its deputy EIC had a party during lockdown when he quit No. 10
Didem Atakan / Duvar English:
BBC Istanbul staff go on strike as salary negotiations falter: BBC's final offer was a 20% salary raise despite a 36% inflation rate and the lira's devaluation